Possible Specifications of AMD R9-290X Hawaii GPU Detailed

The GPU ’14 Tech Day event in Hawaii is going to follow the unveiling of the next generation Hawaii GPU by AMD. The United States based company known for its innovations and technological mastering has planned to announce its high end silicon AMD R9-290X GPU on the 25th of this month. The next generation GPU will pave the way of the other SKUs to follow and has been codenamed as ‘Hawaii’.


The architecture is rumored to be the GCN 2.0 and some have speculated that the size of the Hawaii GPU is going to be at least 30 percent smaller than the NVIDIA’s GK110. This model by NVIDIA has been incorporated into the Quadro and Tesla cards and the GeForce GTX Titan, GeForce GTX 780 GPUs. The best GK110 card currently available is the Titan and available for $1000, it is by far the most expensive and sought after card along with the GeForce GTX 780 which is priced at $649.

The new Hawaii GPU is expected to be faster than the Titan and even with this image; the company is not willing to place the Hawaii GPU in the top end of the pricing scale. This surely gives AMD a competitive advantage over its rivals.

Although potential users will still have to wait till the official release to gain some insight into the exact specifications of the Hawaii GPU, here are two scenarios that 3DCenter has come up with: 44 Compute Units which would amount to 2816 stream processors, 176 TMUs, 32-48 ROPs while in the second scenario which seems much more possible, the Hawaii GPU would feature 40 Compute Units which would amount to 2560 stream processors, 160 TMUs, 32-48 ROPs. The card would have a default clock speed of 950 MHz and a boost clock of 975 MHz. Memory would range from 3-6GB and run at 7 GHz (effective).

AMD is planning to announce the Hawaii GPU alongside the Ruby Tech demo which would feature live technical demonstration by the team of AMD, of their latest Ruby powered by the CryEngine 3.

Source: 3DCenter | News Archive